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How is a cholesteatoma diagnosed?

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Your doctor will look inside your ear with an otoscope -- an instrument that has a magnifying glass and a light on it. He or she will also test how well you can hear sounds to see if your cholesteatoma has affected your hearing.

If your doctor thinks you might have a cholesteatoma, he or she will refer you to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. There you'll get image scans so the doctor can look more closely at your cholesteatoma.

From: Benign Ear Cyst (Cholesteatoma) WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Cholesteatoma."

American Journal of Neuroradiology : "Neuroradiology of Cholesteatomas ."

Mayo Clinic: "CT Scan."

Medscape: "Cholesteatoma."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Cholesteatoma."

NHS Choices: "Cholesteatoma."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 20, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Cholesteatoma."

American Journal of Neuroradiology : "Neuroradiology of Cholesteatomas ."

Mayo Clinic: "CT Scan."

Medscape: "Cholesteatoma."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Cholesteatoma."

NHS Choices: "Cholesteatoma."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 20, 2017

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